Wireless configuration for Mac OSX 10.4

This document tries to explain how to do the basic initial setup of the wireless on a machine running Apple Mac OSX 10.4 to be usable on the Unencrypted.maths.cam.ac.uk wireless network. If things arn't clear please let us know.

It assumes that the machine already has working Wireless hardware with appropriate drivers installed. It also assumes that you are familiar with configuring networks on Mac OSX 10.4.

First you need to ensure that the AirPort is enabled. This may be on automatically, or may be accessible from a the menu. If not you can launch the Internet Connect application and click on Turn AirPort On.

turn airport on

Once the AirPort is enabled, you need to go to the Network part of System Preferences. Pick a suitable Location, select the AirPort device in show, then the AirPort pane.

To avoid it picking random networks you may be near, ensure that By default, join is set to Preferred networks, rather than Automatic

main sp window

Click on Options, and make sure that the settings are Ask before joining an open network and that Automatically add new networks to the preferred network list is not checked. Then click OK

airport options

Back in the Networks window, click the + (plus) icon, and select Unencrypted.maths.cam.ac.uk (if you are in range it should offer than from a pull-down list). Click OK.

pick wireless network

Back in the Networks window you should now see the network in the preferred list. Then you need to set up the TCP/IP, and Proxies panes as for a wired network.

network window after adding

Other configs

This setup has been tested on Mac OSX 10.4. Configuration should be very similar for 10.3 though some images may be different. For other versions of Mac OSX please refer to the documentation provided with the system or contact your local computer support staff.